Research Roundup for July, 2017

Highlights from recent research on the science of climate change communication:

  • Four in five U.S. mothers and grandmothers are worried about climate change (Moms Clean Air Force, 2017).
  • Emphasizing the health benefits of curbing air pollution can build support for climate policy among people who care about public health (Walker, Kurz, & Russel, 2017).
  • People trust messengers who share their values and beliefs. For this reason, many conservatives don't see Pope Francis as a credible source of information about climate change (Richler, 2017).
  • Comparing climate change to war can create a sense of urgency and persuade Americans to shrink their carbon footprints (Flusberg, Matlock, & Thibodeau, 2017).
  • Explaining the consequences of failing to address climate change can make people more concerned and more likely to take action. Explaining the upside of addressing climate change can make people more hopeful, but it may also make them feel less concerned and less likely to take action (Bilandzic, Kalch, & Soentgen, 2017).
  • A new study finds that the competing frames of climate change—as an issue of national security, human rights or environmental health—have roughly the same effect on views of climate change policy (Singh & Swanson, 2017).


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